Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has new remote monitoring and clinician notification system
Friday, July 6, 2018 - 11:54 am

OGDENSBURG — The Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation has sponsored the purchase of the Masimo Patient Safety Net, a remote monitoring and clinician notification system that displays near real-time information.

It allows for alarms and alerts from bedside devices to be sent directly to clinicians via pager at the hiospital. The system also integrates with Meditech, CHMC’s electronic medical record, allowing vital sign information for each patient (heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, and oxygen values) to be recorded automatically and accurately in the patient’s record.

The installation of the Masimo system will bring CHMC in line with current best practices in patient monitoring, a press release from CHMC said.

“People like to think a system like this is the future, but it’s really the now of healthcare,” said Jerry Sheppard, CHMC’s Director of Growth and Development. “Moving ahead with something that improves patient safety and satisfaction while maximizing staff effectiveness only makes sense in a time when patients coming in have more and more complex health considerations to maneuver.”

Once infrastructure upgrades are completed patients in the ICU and on the Medical/Surgical floor will have vital data sent directly to the patient’s electronic chart. Any variations from expected values, which are programmed according to each patient’s medical history, will immediately prompt an alert on the assigned nurse’s pager.

As the nurse manager who oversees the Medical/Surgical floor, Roberta Taylor, RN, knows what a difference minutes can make to a patient’s well-being.

“Patient safety and exceptional care are two key elements we strive for: Masimo will allow for not only greater staff efficiency but more importantly, better staff engagement. When our staff is thoroughly engaged, our patients have a better experience, ultimately improving patient satisfaction. Everyone benefits from this investment.”